You might have a date night planned, and all the kids’ classroom cards stamped and sealed, but have you prepared your home for Valentine’s Day next week?

I love any excuse to decorate with a theme and Valentine’s Day provides a lovely palette. The reds and pinks can really breathe some life into a home, especially this time of year in the dead of winter. Below are some ideas to bring the spirit of the holiday to your home.

1. Hang a themed wreath.

A wreath is the perfect way to add a touch of Valentine’s Day spirit where everyone can see it – on the front door of your home. Themed wreaths with pink and red can be bought at most home goods stores, but you can also get creative and make your own. I’m loving this DIY wreath list. If you live in a warmer climate, consider adding red and pink flowers (colder climates can opt for fake blooms). Speaking of flowers…

2. Put out bright, fresh flowers.

Regardless of whether they were a V-Day gift to you or you bought them at the supermarket, flowers are a classic symbol of love and perfect for decorating your home for the holiday. They don’t have to be long-stemmed roses, but a pop of red or pink is festive enough. Keep them in the kitchen or living room where everyone can see them.

3. Paint mason jars.

For the perfect place to put the flowers you just bought or received, paint mason jars in a Valentine’s Day color palette and use them as vases. Have the kids help paint them too. I’m loving these here – the stripe and heart details are easy to replicate with a stencil and some tape, even for the most artistically challenged.

4. Make a Valentine’s Tree.

If flowers aren’t really your thing, or if you find them too pricey, a DIY Valentine’s Tree is a great alternative option. Best of all, it won’t wither like flowers so you can keep it up as long as you like (or swap out the hearts for shamrocks next month). Instructions here.

5. Create heart garlands.

Garlands like these are easy to make with a couple of supplies from your local craft store. This is another great activity for kids to help make as well. A finished garland has a multitude of appropriate locations where it can be hung. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make a few for more than one room in the house.

6. Create a romantic ambiance with candles.

Again, with mason jars. Simply tie a red or pink ribbon around the top of the jar and place tealight candles inside, like these. You can even opt for writing cute messages on the glass with permanent marker or paint. You don’t need to be a craft aficionado for this project either – all of these supplies can be bought at your local Target.

7. Not really a DIY person?

We hear you. This website has tons of free Valentine’s Day printable graphics, so all you need to do is print, frame, and hang.

All of these crafts or ideas take mere minutes to create but will give your home a romantic touch for Valentine’s Day. What are some of your favorite ways to prepare for this holiday?

Camille Barron
Camille Barron
Camille is a New York native living in Nashville, Tennessee. She loves yoga, running, nutrition, and fashion, and is grateful for the opportunity to share important information with parents. You can check out more of her writing on her personal blog at www.serialoutfitrepeater.com.